Destiny 2 Wish-Keeper: How to get Exotic + Catalyst

by | Dec 20, 2023

With Strand being relatively new to Destiny 2, many players still seek weapons that fit their builds perfectly. For many, Wish-Keeper is the answer to their calls. The best Strand weapon the game has seen; there’s no doubt that even those who typically stray away from bows will gravitate toward the weapon.

In this article, we’ll cover everything about Wish-Keeper: how to obtain it, where it excels, and a build that synergizes perfectly with the bow’s abilities.

ArtWeaponArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
Wish-Keeper art Destiny 2Wish-KeeperExoticExoticPrimaryStrandSeason 23YesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryStrand Element Strand


PvE + PvPExotic QuestCheckmark icon V3Lightfall Preorder icon
Season 23
Season 23KineticCraftable

How to get the Wish-Keeper Combat Bow

Wish-Keeper drops from Season of the Wish’s Starcrossed mission, which takes place in the Black Garden. We cover how to get the Wish-Keeper in detail here. Similar to Operation: Seraph’s Shield Exotic quest, you’ll obtain the weapon after completing the mission once, at which point you’ll be able to craft Wish-Keeper to fill whatever role you need it to. We cover how to get Wish-Keeper in detail here.

Starcrossed Quest Screen Destiny 2

How to get Wish-Keeper, Destiny 2

How to get the Wish-Keeper Catalyst

Similar to Revision Zero, Wish-Keeper has four catalysts in the form of different refits you can add to the weapon:

  • Enduring Snare Refit: Snareweaver traps last longer.
  • Multi-Threaded Snare Refit: Snareweaver traps can suspend more targets.
  • Vorpal Weapon Refit: Increased damage against bosses, vehicles, and Guardians with their Super active.
  • Hatchling Refit: Precision final blows or rapidly defeating targets with a non-precision weapon spawns a Threadling at the target’s location.

You’ll need to spend a bit more time in the “Starcrossed” mission to unlock them. Once you unlock them, you can select one to use at any given time through the Enclave on Mars.

How to farm the Wish-Keeper catalyst

Once you have the catalyst, you’ll need several hundreds of kills to upgrade it. The best place to farm them is, as always, Shuro Chi in the Last Wish raid.

💡 Reminder: Although Shuro Shi is technically a raid encounter, you don’t need a fireteam to get to the checkpoint. 

How good is Wish-Keeper?

Wish-Keeper is clearly the best pairing for nearly every Strand build right now, making it unparalleled for the time being.

Wish-Keeper takes notes from Hierarchy of Needs, Anarchy, and Strand subclasses to craft a weapon that is as fun to use as it is potent. Despite recent nerfs, suspend is still one of the most powerful elemental effects in the game. Especially in PvE, the crowd control the debuff provides is so effective that it frequently trivializes even the most difficult activities.

Despite its potency in PvE, Wish-Keeper seems like it’ll be nothing more than a fun option in The Crucible. While suspend isn’t something to completely neglect in PvP, it isn’t anything to write home about. Plus, getting the exotic perk to proc is a bit more of a chore than in PvE—while not impossible, it can be too inconvenient to warrant the use of an exotic slot.

Because of all that, Wish-Keeper is S-Tier in PvE and B-Tier in PvP. Its Strand synergy is unmatched and can pair with nearly any build you have in mind—including the one in the next section.

Best alternatives:

ArtWeaponArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceCraftable?RequiresReleasedSlotCan be Crafted?Best of?Top Perk?
Vengeful Whisper art preview Destiny 2Vengeful WhisperPrecisionLegendaryPrimaryKineticDeluxe EditionYesPrimary ammo Destiny 2 PrimaryKinetic symbol Destiny 2 KineticWarlord's Ruin DungeonError icon V2The Witch Queen Destiny 2 icon
Deluxe Edition
Season 23KineticNo

Best Wish-Keeper Build

Made for Broodweaver Warlocks, this build excels heavily in crowd control with multiple suspend elements while having some amount of freedom to spec into your preference of additional buffs via exotic armor.

Warlock Strand

Ensnaring Archer

Excels in: Endgame

Goal of the Build: Suspend all enemies on the battlefield while allowing the user to take advantage of unique and powerful exotic effects.

Mandatory Gear: Wish-Keeper is the only required piece of exotic gear for this build. Your exotic armor choice is completely up to you, and we suggest going with one of the following neutral picks:

ArmorClassTypeRequirementsSourceReleasedRequiresExotic Perk
Cenotaph Mask Warlock exotic

Cenotaph Mask

WarlockHelmLightfallLost SectorsSeason 21Lightfall Preorder icon
Exotic Perk: "Steadily reloads a portion of your equipped Trace Rifles's magazine from reserves. Damaging a vehicle, boss, or champion with a trace rifle marks them as the target. When an ally defeats the marked target, generate special ammo for yourself and heavy ammo for your allies."
Mantle of Battle Harmony Destiny 2 art

Mantle of Battle Harmony

WarlockChestBeyond LightLost SectorsSeason 13Beyond Light Destiny 2 icon
Beyond Light
Exotic Perk: "Takedowns with weapons that have a damage type matching your subclass element grant you Super energy. While your Super energy is full, you instead gain a temporary bonus to weapon damage of the type matching your subclass element."
Necrotic Grip Destiny 2 art

Necrotic Grip

WarlockArmsBeyond LightLost SectorsSeason 12Beyond Light Destiny 2 icon
Beyond Light
Exotic Perk: "Damaging combatants envenoms them with poison that deals increasing damage over time. Defeating a poisoned combatant spreads the condition to nearby targets."
  • Aspects: Mindspun Invocation and The Wanderer.
  • Fragments: Thread of Mind, Thread of Generation, Thread of Continuity, and Thread of Warding.
  • Abilities & Stats: Shackle Grenade works great with Mindspun Invocation and allows for even more suspension. For stats, look for Discipline, Resilience, and Recovery.
  • Mods:
    • Helmet: Harmonic Siphon
    • Arms: Grenade Kickstart, Impact Induction
    • Chest: Resist Mods
    • Legs: Weapon Surge mods of your preferred element.
    • Class Item: Bomber, Outreach

Gameplay Loop

Consume your Shackle Grenade to gain 25 seconds of suspending bullets. Using Wish-Keeper with this will build up your charge for its suspending traps, thereby increasing crowd control even further.

Additionally, throwing or shooting Tangles will cause more suspending explosions, allowing you even more ways to stop your enemies. This can all tie into the exotic armor of your choosing, which can buff you and your allies in a variety of ways.

Before you go…

You can check this season’s new exotics here. If you’re looking for top-tier exotics for PvE, you should definitely check out the excellent Buried Bloodline.

About The Author

Andrew Sideris
Andrew Sideris
With my over seven years of game knowledge, six months of writing experience for, and hundreds of Blueberries already guided through endgame content, I hope to allow newcomers to have the same great introduction I had all those years ago. You can find Andrew on Twitter.
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